Theories & Methods in The Study of Religion
RELST-GA 1001 (Same as ANTH-GA.1001) , Zito
Wednesday, 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #3457. 4 Pts. 726 BW, Rm. 542
Students explore fundamental theoretical and methodological issues for the academic study of religion, including some of the more important theories of the origin, character, and function of religion as a human phenomenon. Students cover psychological, sociological, anthropological, dialectical, post-colonial and feminist approaches, as well as some problems for the study of religion today: secularization theory and the intersection of religion and media. Departmental permission required.
M.A. Thesis Research RELST-GA 2901
Class # 3153. 4 Pts.
Directed Study - Christianity RELST-GA 2921
Class #3154. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Judaism RELST-GA 2931
Class # 2931. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Islam RELST-GA 2941
Class # 3156; 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Asian Religion RELST-GA 2951
Class # 3157. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Philosophy of Religion RELST-GA 2961
Class # 3158. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Topics in Religion RELST-GA 2971, 1-4 Pts.
Sec. 001, Class #3399,
Sec. 002, Class # 3601
Sec. 003, Class # 3602
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE MA PROGRAM
Integrative Seminar: The Bible in Jewish Culture HBRJD-GA. 3324, Gottlieb
Wednesday, 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #19811. 3 Pts. KJCC Rm. 324
Exploration of the diverse roles played by the Hebrew Bible in constructions of Jewish identity and in cultural productions by Jews through the centuries.
Note: Contact department for permission.
Seminar in American Studies: Religion, Affect & Law in the U.S. AMST-GA 3302.001, Pellegrini
Thursdays 2:00-4:45PM. Class #3917. 4 Pts. 20 Cooper Square Rm. 471
This course is organized around two keywords -- “religion” and “affect” – and will make use of a series of legal cases (beginning with Reynolds v. United States, the Mormon “polygamy” case of 1878) and the dense history around them as a way to focus many of our units. Religious freedom is the first named freedom in the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution, but its meaning, extension, and limits remain unsettled. What is the relationship between disestablishment and free exercise, the two named components of religious freedom, and how are they linked, conceptually and in practice, to multiple norms of embodied life (including the embodied life of affect)? How to reconcile promises of religious freedom with the Christonormativity that is the baseline of U.S.law and public life? Readings will be drawn from critical studies of religion and secularism, legal studies, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, research on the history of emotion as well as recent work in affect studies. Although the class is primarily focused on the United States, over the course of the semester we will also consider how U.S. models of religious freedom travel globally.
The Jewish Community: Classical Institutions HBRJD-GA.3224-001, Chazan
Wednesday, 11:00am - 1:45pm. Class #3325. 3 Pts. KJCC Rm. 109
Discussion of the fundamental institutions of Jewish community and social organization as expressed in Jewish thought and as evidenced in Jewish history in all periods, up to the present. Emphasis is on primary sources regarding varying conceptions of group solidarity and mechanisms for attaining it, including the role of the individual, the family, the community, the state, and the Jewish people as a whole.
Note: Contact department for permission.
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION
Writing, Research, and Reporting Workshop I (Literary Reporting) JOUR-GA.1021, Featherstone
Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm. Class #2959. 4 Pts. 20CS Rm. 700
Workshop I is taken the first semester; Workshop II, the second semester. Provides a foundation in the principles and practices of basic news reporting. Includes lectures on reporting principles and techniques, study of specialized areas of reporting, and completion of increasingly challenging in-class assignments. Students use New York City as a laboratory to gather and report actual news events outside the classroom. A special section of Workshop I is offered for students in the cultural reporting and criticism concentration. A special section of Workshop II is offered for students in the Business and Economic Reporting Program.
Introduction to Literary Reportage JOUR-GA.2048, Boynton
Thursday, 10:00am-1:00pm. Class #3426. 4 Pts. 20CS Rm. 657
The goal of this course is to help you create a distinctive body of work and, eventually, a capstone piece of literary reportage. It has three basic components. First, it will guide you through the research, reporting and thinking to refine and focus the project you will begin in Portfolio I. Second, it will introduce you to some of the authors, editors and publications of the genre. Third, it will familiarize you with some of the journalistic strategies you will use in your own work.
Master's Thesis JOUR-GA.2090, Boynton
Class #3429. 1-4 Pts.
RELST-GA 1001 Theories & Methods in The Study of Religion